This should have been all my jam, where Queen Elizabeth I is the ancestor of the current Elizabeth XX and it's 2010 and magic works. Because magic works the world has become stagnant and it's almost like many years of progress never happened. And this is where I have a problem with the story, things would have progressed over time, fashion changes, it doesn't matter how you want things to remain in aspic things do change. The fashions at the beginning of Elizabeth I's reigh aren't the same as later.
Honestly it was an effort to finish the book, I found the last portion better than the rest but I found myself very meh about it all, I didn't care who lived or died and I just wanted it to be over.
Overall I found it very put-downable.